Thought I would pass on this information about my dad.
Col. William Donn HAYES, Jr., son of William Donn HAYES and Ada Felicitas DOZA, died 24 Feb. 2004, Aurora, Colorado.
A news article was published in the Denver, Colo., Rocky Mountain News, follows this note. I basically wrote the article and sent it to the paper (and Associated Press which distributed it nationally). So, if you need anymore information, I have it.
Also, a ton of photos are available -- scanned an ready to go -- of my dad, Ada, and a bunch of other Doza's, Gendron's, etc, who I have yet to identify.
Rocky Mountain News article follows
HAYES' SQUADRON FILMED BEACHES BEFORE D-DAY
By Mike Patty, Rocky Mountain News
William Donn Hayes Jr., whose military career included gathering intelligence for the D-Day invasion and during the Cuban missile crisis, died Feb. 26 in Aurora of pneumonia. He was 87.
Graveside services will be 1 p.m. today in Fort Logan National Cemetery, Staging Area A.
The retired Air Force colonel fought a long battle with Parkinson's disease, diabetes and spinal stenosis.
Born Dec. 23, 1916, in Los Angeles, Colonel Hayes was the only child of W. Donn Hayes Sr. and Ada Felicitas Doza. His father was an Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated film editor in the early days of Hollywood.
After graduating from the University of Southern California, Colonel Hayes earned a master's degree from the University of Colorado.
Commissioned a second lieutenant in 1941, Colonel Hayes served as a combat pilot and air base commander for the 9th Air Force in Europe during World War II. Among the units he commanded was the 34th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron.
"Donn was the glue which made and held the outfit together in England, France and Germany," said retired Lt. Col. Charlie Lanterman of the 34th Photo Recon Squad. "Perhaps our most spectacular feats were the 'dicing missions' flown at minimum altitude over the beaches of Normandy prior to the D-Day invasion. The photos provided by those flights provided essential information to the invasion troops."
After the invasion, the 34th provided photo reconnaissance for Gen. George S. Patton's Third Army.
When the war ended, Colonel Hayes was tactical commander of an air base in Nuremberg, Germany, where he met his future wife, Lt. Mary Elizabeth Chandler, of Spartanburg, S.C.
Colonel Hayes went on to serve at different posts at the U.S. Air Force Intelligence Center. He was the Air Force representative on the Joint Atomic Energy Intelligence Committee and later commander of MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.
Colonel Hayes was directly involved in the intelligence gathering connected with the Cuban missile crisis in the 1962.
Among his honors and decorations were the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Soldier's Medal for Heroism, Air Medal with four Oak Leaf clusters, Department of Defense Joint Service Commendation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award and the French Croix de Guerre Avec Etoile.
"Donn's service, and that of all who served with him, changed our world forever," said Richard R. Faulkner, co- founder of 34th PRS Online. "We all owe a debt of gratitude to them for defeating tyranny and oppression at a time when men and women answered the call to arms without reservation."
Upon his retirement from the Air Force, Colonel Hayes was named general manager of KWON radio station in Bartlesville, Okla. After he retired he moved to Breckenridge with his wife, who preceded him in death.
He is survived by a daughter, Donna Elizabeth Hayes, of Aurora; two sons, William Donn Hayes III, of Evergreen, and Michael Dann Hayes, of Grinnell, Iowa; and three grandchildren.